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Hot ‘Entourage’ Season Ahead, Grenier Blase About Ratings

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith Adrian Grenier is happy with all the positive reviews so far for the new season of his “Entourage,” which has been widely applauded as back in top form after one of its lesser seasons. As for reports that the show opened with a 25 per cent ratings drop from last year, well, they don’t even seem to be a blip on his radar.

“I don’t really think about it. You know, the new media and new technology has changed everything, including how people end up coming to watch a show,” he points out. “I know a lot of guys who tiVo it. People wait to for it to come out in a format they can watch. This show in particular is a very communal show – groups of 20 or 30 people get together and watch it. So whatever ratings you mention, they’re going to be inaccurate.”

“Entourage” has a lot of changes in store for Vince this season. “He really comes out of his shell, his protective womb. I think it was an inevitable turn,” says Grenier. “He feels like he’s losing his support system, and he has to, for the first time, step out and take care of himself. He doesn’t initially want to take that responsibility. He rebels a little against having to be independent. It’s a growing up and coming of age story of sorts. At the end of the day, he has to grow.”

Grenier says that Ellin “talks to me about the depths I’m willing to go with the character. I’m fine with it. I’m a team player. I want to do everything I can to make the best show possible.”

WRITE ON: America’s queen of Suspense, worldwide bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, will share secrets of her craft with guests aboard the Silversea’s elegant Silver Whisper cruise ship next January and early February. Clark, whose books have sold over one hundred million copies in the US alone, will give insights about her writing in lectures and a Q&A session, as the ship glides from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. Exciting news for those who are fans of suspense, or simply appreciate a terrific story.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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